It’s ironic. We’re too overwhelmingly busy to deal with the stuff that makes us feel overwhelmingly busy–the to-do’s that never get done, the clutter that occupies our spaces, the issues that take over our minds. And we always tell ourselves we’ll tackle them someday. Those are someday projects that we’ll get around to when the time is right. RIGHT?
Well the time is right to start to let go. When you do so, you’ll actually feel a new sense of lightness because you’ve got less to think about and keep up with. Go be inspired and reinvent the space that you live in. Do not let your things define you–define them!
Some keys to not letting a “de-cluttering” process overwhelm you? Pretend that you’re moving (trust me, it will help–do you really want to pack that up and haul it with you?). Break things down in to manageable areas and complete them one at a time, start to finish. Stay on task (this can be tricky as you wade through memories and stuff). 9 times out of 10, you do not need duplicates! Don’t make this harder than it needs to be.
“Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau
- Tax Documents
- Items You Use Every Day
- Dates and Important Words (but spend the time to write them down in ONE place)
- Important Papers (Marriage license, social security cards, birth certificates)
- Clothing That You Actually Wear
DONATE, TOSS, RECYCLE
- Rarely Used Small Appliances
- Unused Exercise Equipment
- Old Clothes, Bags and Shoes (If you haven’t worn it in a year, it’s time to let it go)
- Old Computers, Electronics, Cell Phones (check here: EPA)
- Toys (Aim for 20-40 per kid…and yes, follow suit with pets)
- Books You No Longer Want
- Old Eye Glasses
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Clothes Beyond Repair
- Outdated Medicine
- Expired Food and Spices
- Makeup Older Than 6 Months
“Give me the discipline to get rid of the stuff that’s not important, the freedom to savor the stuff that gives me joy, and the patience not to worry about the stuff that’s messy but not hurting anybody.” -Vinita Hampton Wright, Simple Acts of Moving Forward, A Little Book About Getting Unstuck